New Zealand's dreams of 2007 World Cup glory turned into a Millennium Stadium quarter-final nightmare - but All Blacks captain Richie McCaw still rates the stadium "one of my favourite places to play rugby."
McCaw was captain on the night two years ago that France won their quarter-final showdown 20-18 in the Welsh capital to send the All Blacks and tournament favourites home early.
But on the eve of leading New Zealand for the 41st time in his 78th Test when Wales and New Zealand collide in the Invesco Perpetual Series opener, McCaw still loves playing at the iconic stadium.
"It is great to be playing with the roof closed as that creates both a great atmosphere and a dry ball," said the flanker.
"It can be extremely noisy but then it is the same for both sides and you just have to do your best to get your messages over to your mates.
"It is certainly one of my favourite places and the guys are excited about playing a game at a hell of a place against a good team.
"Wales traditionally come out with plenty of passion and we will have to meet that and front up."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.